• Nov 25th 2009 at 12:58PM
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A few weeks back, Renault announced plans to revive the classic Gordini badge for its new high performance variants and now, the first model has been unveiled. Based on the automaker's smallest model, the Renault Twingo Gordini R.S. should prove to be mighty quick, with a 133 hp 1.6-liter engine to twist its 17 inch front wheels, along with an uprated suspension package and brakes.

Outside, the Twingo is coated in the historic blue hue that adorned French racing cars in the days before corporate sponsor colors took everything over, and buyers can also opt for pearlescent black to go with the white accents. Renault is displaying the car at their "Christmas in Blue" exhibit in Paris through the holidays and deliveries will start in March. Pricing hasn't been announced, but it will surely come in at a level that would make American consumers blanche for such a small car.

[Source: Renault]

press release


The return of the Gordini name is to be marked by the introduction of a new chic and sporty version of Renault Sport's pocket rocket which takes a current-day stance on the cues long associated with the Gordini world. Just as it did in the past, the combination of French racing blue, white racing stripes and stylish, quilted-leather upholstery forms an integral part of the package, with a distinctly modern touch.

The latest version of Renault's city car, which will appeal to customers looking for a distinctive vehicle with an assertive character, exudes an unmistakably French feel and stands out as a fitting homage to everything the Gordini signature stands for. Twingo Gordini R.S. is being premiered until January 10, 2010, at the L'Atelier Renault on the Champs-Elysées, in Paris, as part of the prestige showroom's 'Christmas in Blue' exhibition.

It will then go on sale across Europe from March 2010.

Twingo Gordini R.S. features a gleaming Malte Blue lacquered metallic finish, plus two white racing stripes, in keeping with tradition. The front and rear bumpers are enhanced by gloss black details, while the foglamp surrounds, exterior mirror housings and lip spoiler are all picked out in a contrasting white finish.

'Gordini Series' badging either side refers back to the heyday of the Gordini Cup when the qualifying heats of the different meetings were known as séries. This exclusive exterior styling package is rounded off by a choice of either blue or black diamond- effect 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels.

The same Gordini spirit prevails inside, too, thanks to: - Renault Sport seats with extra lateral support, plus blue and black quilted, Gordini-badged leather upholstery, - blue leather door panel inserts, - blue and black leather steeringwheel with two white stripes to indicate the centre point, - blue gearlever bellows and Gordini-badged gearlever knob, - blue rev-counter with white surround, - trimmed dashboard cowl with visible stitching.



To ensure that it befits Gordini's glorious motor sport heritage, the latest addition to the Twingo range is based on the same performance/equipment package as the Renault Sport version:
- 'Sport' chassis with 17-inch wheels for outstanding road-holding performance that is equally suited to everyday motoring,
- a feisty, responsive 1.6-litre 133hp petrol powerplant with a distinctive, specially-tuned engine pitch under acceleration,
- precise, incisive steering for even greater fun at the wheel, - powerful, durable braking performance.

Twingo continues to enjoy considerable success in the European A-segment, with sales between January and the end of October 2009 amounting to 140,700 cars, an increase of 20 per cent over 2008. With 83,000 cars sold in France (an increase of 53 per cent over 2008), Twingo has emerged as the best-selling small city car for the second year running and accounts for almost one sale in three. The Renault Sport versions of Twingo figure are the segment's best-selling small sporting models and contribute to promoting Twingo's dynamic image.

Twingo Gordini R.S. is expected to win over customers looking for a sporty car with refined, distinctive styling. The newcomer combines the very best that the Twingo line-up has to offer with an indisputable French touch.

In addition to the existing, extensively-equipped Renault Sport version, Twingo Gordini R.S. features:
- Malte Blue or Pearlescent Black metallic paint, - black diamond-effect 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels, - automatic climate-control, - automatic headlamp activation and rain sensor, - cruise control with speed limiter, - fully disconnectable ESP , - 80W radio-CD with fingertip steeringwheel-mounted remote control, MP3 playback and
separate display, - RCA connectivity for personal music players (iPod, MP3), - extra-tinted rear glass, - independent, sliding rear seats for a boot capacity ranging from 285dm3 to 959dm3 (VDA).


- 'Cup' chassis, - blue diamond-effect 17-inch aluminium alloy wheels, - radio-CD Box with hands-free Bluetooth® telephone kit, - curtain airbags, - panoramic opening sunroof, - Gordini key fob, - Gordini carpet mats.
Prices will be published when order books open in France on February 15, 2010.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      for a daily driver, yes please
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love this little car. I have thought about getting a mini cooper for my next car, but if they brought something like this across the ocean I might have to try it out.


      • 5 Years Ago
      There's a market here for a $40,000 five-door Subaru Impreza, I don't see why a hot-rod Twingo's price would "surely come in at a level that would make American consumers blanche for such a small car."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. It is based on the older version of the Versa's platform, with an engine that is slightly smaller and less powerful than a Sentra.

        The RenaultSport Twingo sells in the UK for £11,795, with the 133 hp engine. A Civic in the UK starts at £14,750 (up to £21,780). A Mazda3 starts at £13,500 (up to £19,900). If UK prices on the Civic and 3 are comparable in Pounds-sterling to US prices in US dollars, I'd be surprised if this thing came in over $15K.

        I think it would be a blast, zipping around, running the engine all the way through it's rev-band; it's hard to do that legally with a larger displacement engine. If your desired fun is to melt tires on straightline drags (and unfortunately, that really is the limit of fun in much of middle America, with long straight roads at perfect right-angles), this wouldn't be the car. For tearing around in the Santa Cruz mountains... it would be divine!

        It's easy to think of all of America as being your local environment. The choice car for Oklahoma City isn't quite the same as living near canyons and coast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I WISH we had sporty, fun, powerful and 'affordable' mini hatches here in North America. From what I hear a lot of people want them - bring it! A Mini Cooper S would be great but not for $30K.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And the Golf GTI costs almost twice as much as the Twingo RS.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can get a 2010 VW GTI with a lot more power.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      boing! i like it!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Renault Twingo: 133hp. ~2150lbs
        1997 Dodge Neon: 150hp. ~2400lbs.

        Hrm gee wiz this thing must really really haul. Pfft.
        • 5 Years Ago
        AkBoss: Dude. Neons handle pretty damn well, especially ACRs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        European roads don't have starights. At all. Whatsoever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll trade my Accent GS in for something like that any day of the week. Too bad it'll probably not make it over to America.
      • 5 Years Ago
      twingo's are aweome. i wish we could buy them in the states.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love this little car. I have thought about getting a mini cooper for my next car, but if they brought something like this across the ocean I might have to try it out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool! I love little hatchbacks (at least, the ones that can handle a long-legged 6+ footer)!

      Crazy though... it's actually a bit smaller than a Mini:

      Wheelbase 2,365 mm (93.1 in)
      Length 3,600 mm (141.7 in)
      Width 1,655 mm (65.2 in)
      Height 1,470 mm (57.9 in)

      In fact, at 149 inches, the 2000 Chevrolet Metro hatchback was a solid 8 inches longer, and a current Honda Fit (161 inches) is almost 2 feet longer!

      SO yeah, drop a 133 hp engine in that little pup, and it should be buckets of fun!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Full official information about Gordini available exclusively on a dedicated Facebook page.
      To learn more, just visit http://www.facebook.com/RenaultGordini and sign up as a fan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually I think it is a bit sad that the difference between a twingo RS and an RS Gordini is a paint job, wheels and upgraded comfort options. There should be an upgrade to the engine and suspension.
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